Friday, April 2nd 2010
Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
The maltier side of Oskar Blues, Old Chub will surely satisfy your thirst for something a little deeper and darker.
From the Oskar Blues site:
"This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale (8% ABV) is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features a skim-milk mouthfeel, semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a kiss of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer."
Here we go...
Pour - dark and foreboding. Old Chub pour a maroon like auburn color with some red highlights that make it crimson in the light. A nice off white head tops it all off and leaves some nice lacing as it shirks its way back into the boozy depths.
Aroma - lots of dark sweet fruits, apple cider, malty malt malt, pancake syrup, brown sugar and caramel. Basically, lots of sweet delicious smells emanate from this glass. I'd like to dive right in!
Taste - one big sip and my tongue is bathed in sweetness. Lots of flavor going on here. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, prunes, raisins, a bit of smokiness, ripe apple and some biscuity/bready notes. The finish is a little dry and I can't get enough.
Overall - excellent beer. Tons of flavor and the opposite side of hoppy and bitter. This is the ying to the hop yang. Loads of malty sweetness, a touch of smokiness and an overall enjoyable experience that leaves the head a little light and the stomach a little warm. Cheers!
Would I buy more of it? - sure, I think this is one of the Oskar Blues brews that I like the most. Don't get me wrong, I love me some hops but there is just something about this brew that hits me the right way.
Note - Oskar Blues also produces a lip balm made with Old Chub beer. You can order some from their website and impress your friends by having lips that reek of good canned beer!
Posted by Russ
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